Simon Flexner (1863-1946) was an American physician and physiologist who organized the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in 1901, served as the first director of this organization, and developed an effective therapy for meningococcal meningitis. During World War I, he led the effort to develop a more efficient way to produce the serum to prevent this dread disease and, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, distributed thousands of doses to Allied troops in Europe, free of charge. For this and other services to the Allied cause, the French government honored Flexner with the Legion of Honor: a Chevalier in 1914, an Officer in 1919, and a Commander in 1926. This large five-armed Maltese cross with red ribbon is Flexner’s Commander medal.

Date Made: 1926Associated Dates: 1926 05 01 / 1926 05 011926 06 01 / 1926 06 01

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: FranceAssociated Place: United StatesFrance

Subject: Medicine


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Credit Line: Abraham Flexner

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-09812.01Accession Number: 236094Catalog Number: M-09812.01

Object Name: MedalOther Terms: Medal; Medals; Commemorative and Association

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)enamel (overall material)fabric, silk (overall material)red (overall color)white (overall color)green (overall color)blue (overall color)Measurements: overall: .3 cm x 5.5 cm x 8 cm; 1/8 in x 2 3/16 in x 3 1/8 inribbon: 3.8 cm x 21 cm; x 1 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in


Record Id: nmah_1065745

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